Month: October 2013

National Catholic Rural Life Conference; The World Food Prize; and The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

This week, The World Food Prize organization held its annual gathering in Des Moines, Iowa.  The World Food Prize was founded by Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Norman Borlaug in 1986.  It seeks to recognize individuals making contributions to the world food challenges in fields of agriculture, food, science and technology, economics, nutrition, social and political fields, marketing and  manufacturing.  Ambassador Kenneth Quinn has been chairman of The World Food Prize since January 2000. The gathering brings together experts from the various fields mentioned above to discuss the latest in agriculture and the many facets that revolve […]

Reality Check

The past few days the LORD has been testing my own perseverance in faith. God has been ‘breaking into” my own day-to-day experience lately to help me see where conversion is most needed in my life. The grace in this is being able to see with greater clarity where God is calling me to greater charity. This morning I awoke with a strong realization that our life is a result of God’s enduring love, expressed most beautifully and completely in the mercy He so readily extends us through his Son, Jesus Christ.  As every morning […]

God, the Singular Desire of the Human Heart

“What else have I in heaven but you? Apart from you I want nothing on earth.” Psalm 73 Office of Readings: Monday, Week IV

God’s Preference For Simplicity; Consecration To Immaculate Heart of Mary

Today’s readings for the 28th Sunday in ordinary time help us understand a basic principle of God.  Naaman is seeking healing from his leprosy.  Guided by his servant to turn to the God of Israel, he approaches the Prophet Elisha who tells him to go wash seven times in the Jordan.  Naaman expecting something grand for his healing nearly returns to his country after such a simple suggestion. However, he grudgingly follows the directive of the holy man and healed.  Similarly, the ten lepers who approach Jesus for healing from the same disease are simply […]

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Mission

  Last night concluded a three night Parish Mission on the New Evangelization at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in New Albany, Indiana.  I had the privilege and pleasure of serving as pastor at OLPH for nine years, from 1998 – 2007.  We were blessed with good crowds all three nights of the mission. Many people are curious what this New Evangelization is all about.  It is primarily about each Christian taking their faith life seriously; their relationship with Christ intimately.  The New Evangelization calls us to a vibrant living of our faith day-to-day.  […]

St. Paul Pine Bluffs Celebrates 100 Year Anniversary

This evening a good crowd gathered to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of St. Paul’s parish in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming.  The first church was dedicated October 5, 1913, even though Masses were offered in the area regularly starting in 1912, and even sporadically prior to the turn of the century.  For a complete history, click here and here. Pine Bluffs is in the Southeast corner of Wyoming, very near the Nebraska border.  As the history reports, one of the first priests serving the Catholics in Pine Bluffs was made the first bishop of Grand Island, Nebraska.  The […]

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